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UMN Morris, Stevens County Food Systems,IA&MN Campus Compact
The Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) connects UMM assets to small towns in MN. The Center is leading a project to help alleviate food insecurity in Stevens County, MN, a serious problem documented by several local organizations. Existing programs which address food insecurity struggle to meet diverse local needs and require better coordination and connections. Our goal is to ensure that people experiencing food insecurity have access to and the ability to choose how they access fresh, healthy foods, and knowledge of food-related resources. The VISTA will work with UMM faculty, staff, and students, people experiencing food insecurity, and community partners to conduct a community needs and assets assessment (CAA). The CAA will map the county’s assets and barriers as they relate to food security. Based on the outcomes of the CAA, the VISTA and team will establish goals and timelines for work in areas which may include sustaining the local food pantry; addressing transportation barriers; exploring community gardening; addressing financial support; respecting autonomy; and connecting local producers with people experiencing food insecurity. This project is part of the Community Corps VISTA Program, operated by Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact. The program strives to eliminate poverty through campus-community partnerships by placing full-time capacity building support in nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. ***Please also send cover letter and resume to supervisor. Interviews will occur on a rolling basis. Preference given to candidates who apply early.***
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : In year one, the VISTA will 1) establish a food security task force that includes key community partners, people experiencing food insecurity, and UMN Morris students, faculty and staff to guide the VISTA project; 2) Conduct a community needs and assets assessment focused on food insecurity in Stevens County. Through this assessment, identify goals on which years two and three of the VISTA project will focus; 3) Establish a system for more effectively recruiting, training, supporting, and assessing the learning/work of the existing food systems student team. Members of this team currently provide ongoing support for the Stevens County Food Shelf and the Morris Area Farmer’s Market.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Private campus apartment ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Hunger ,  Health ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
General Skills ,  Writing/Editing ,  Public Health ,  Community Organization ,  Communications ,  Team Work . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

UMN Morris, Stevens County Food Systems,IA&MN Campus Compact

Program Start/End Date
07/19/2021  -   07/18/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  03/09/2021  To  06/18/2021 

Contact Argie Manolis
600 E. 4th St.
Morris   MN   56267

Listing ID 102093